NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Bronx church is giving its blessing to a microbrewery.
Rev. Andrew O’Connor said people love things that are made in the Bronx so the Holy Family Church is offering up its garden to help out the 6-month-old Bronx Brewery.
“I’m sort of committed to creating, or recreating, an old medieval form of a benefit and various ways in which people are involved in making things,” O’Connor told 1010 WINS. “It just builds up consciousness for Catholics and regular people alike. We don’t make enough things.”
O’Connor said members of the congregation enjoy gardening and the brewery has ordered 20 hop bines for the church’s use.
The congregation plans to start planting hops next month.
O’Connor said Benedictan monks make things in order to support their community and are famous for coming up with enduring recipes for wine, beer and cheese.
“Beer-making is a very traditional occupation in the church,” O’Connor said.
The church already cultivates beehives and imports cloth from Guatemala to make clothing.